Mekanno (Chair) by Jose Santa-Clara
2012 - 2013, Bronze A' Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Award Winner
A childhood memory revisited: Meccano, the model construction system invented by Frank Hornby.
The enlarged metal strips, scaled up from 1/2" to 40mm, provided two isostatic side frame structures; the side frames are connected by threaded steel rods covered with high density foam upholstered in nappa leather. Wood is used to assure transverse rigidity; the hawthorn was selected for its yellowish colour and traditional use in fine woodworking. Green and red were the basic Meccano colours up to the mid sixties.
Design Challenges
A simple concept using materials that can be easily found in any DIY store. A very basic approach to supply and manufacture of the three main components: metal strips, cushion rolls in high density insulation foam and wood reinforcements. As a DIY assembly challenge, packaging can be similar to the original Meccano sets.
Production Technology
Frame - lacquered aluminium and polished hawthorn wood. Seat cushion rolls - high density polyethylene foam and nappa leather over threaded steel rods. Stainless steel bolts and nuts. Alternative materials include plain anodised aluminium, synthetic leather and plywood.
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